Glasgow Rangers have been handed an injury boost before their game in the Premier Sports Cup at Ibrox tonight.
The Lowdown: Tavernier concerns
As reported by The Scottish Daily Express, some eagle-eyed Gers supporters had noticed James Tavernier looking uncomfortable in a clip posted on social media while training just prior to Sunday lunchtime’s 2-1 win away at Motherwell.
He was forced off during the 4-0 loss away at Ajax in the UEFA Champions League in September, and was pictured on the bench with an ice pack, but has featured in every game since.
The Latest: Tavernier ‘fit’
Speaking to the media in his pre-game press conference ahead of their match against Dundee tonight, Giovanni van Bronckhorst has quashed rumours of Tavernier’s lack of fitness, claiming that he is ‘fit‘ to play:
“Tavernier is fit, he is fine. We will rotate the squad tomorrow; we need to find a balance in the load for the players with a small squad at the moment with injuries. We need to be smart.”
The Verdict: Rest him
Even if he is fit, tonight gives Van Bronckhorst a good opportunity to rest his captain ahead of their Scottish Premiership clash against Livingston over the weekend.
Tavernier has played in every SPFL and Champions League game so far this season, and has completed the full 90 minutes on all but two occasions, including when he was taken off against Ajax (Transfermarkt).
The Premier Sports Cup could provide an opportunity for young right-back Adam Devine, who has only made one senior appearance so far this term, and Tavernier could perhaps be left on the bench to come on if the match needs to be rescued.
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